Comforts of Old Age and the BBC will not be one of them

I was looking forward to reaching the age of 75 because at that stage I would not need to pay the BBC licence fee; it would be a small comfort but a welcome one. Unlike many older people the decision by the BBC only to waive licence fees for the elderly who are on pension credit will not cause me hardship, but it will cause hardship to probably hundreds of thousands of older people who have over a lifetime paid thousands of pounds to the BBC which has enabled it to broadcast its programmes and pay huge salaries and benefits to executives and those it calls “talent”.There is no opt out for viewers who must pay the fee whether or not they watch BBC programmes. Continue reading

How to Spend a Billion Pounds

Yesterday the BBC ran a story on its website asking what a billion pounds buys the nation. You can read all the things that a billion pounds buys us. The list is interesting –   Continue reading

Controlling the BBC

There are some things that governments should control, in the interests of protecting the people that they govern, but do not control. Some things are beyond the control of governments, other things are too complex to control because attempts to control them have unintended consequences and other things governments are too corrupt to control. Continue reading

The BBC – Extraordinary and Bizarre

Greece is having a difficult economic time. There is real poverty. Its governments have spent more money than it should have spent as it bought votes and now the money has run out.  Many state employees have not been paid yet continue to work without wages. This is particularly so of those in public service, such as those in the arts, those in journalism radio and television. Continue reading

Transparency

Society adopts good concepts from time to time but usually does so in an abusive way. The concept of equality is a good concept but should not be adopted at the expense of treating someone in accordance with their worth. The concept of democracy is a good concept, but should not be abused by using democratic means to oppress the minority. The latest good concept that is now being abused is the concept of transparency. Continue reading